Congratulations Rev Tevita. And also, he is related to our family through marriage! A fine man indeed. There's a good write-up on the Methodist Church website - go to http://methodistfiji.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/rev-tevita-banivanua-is-president-elect.html
From Fiji Village
The newly elected Methodist Church President remains firm that the church will not be involved in politics. Reverend Tevita Nawadra who has been elected as the new church President after the third round of voting today says although we have our differences, we are one in the eyes of God. Reverend Nawadra will take up his new post (etc.etc.)
From Fiji One TV
Nawadra is Methodist church leader
By: Dreu Vukailagi
The country’s largest religious denomination now has a new leader.
This comes after the Methodist Church annual Bose ko Viti conference elected Reverend Tevita Nawadra as its new President. It took the members of the Annual Methodist Church of Fiji three rounds of voting to decide on who will be their new President.
The race was clear that past trends will continue with current general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra given the nod. In the church hierarchy for more than ten years, Nawadra has a clear goal on the role of the church.“The Methodist Church in Fiji will continue to pursue that line that we are ONE and we believe God that God has created us like that,” Rev Nawadra said.
He called on everyone to work towards a common goal especially during this time when we are just 42 days away from the general election. “We have our differences but we should find ways and means of working together and one of the best mean is to continue search for a common good that will be good for everybody in Fiji colour and creed.”
Nawadra reiterated the church’s stand when it comes to politics. “As President elect of the Methodist Church I have my blessing on all political parties on whoever comes in government we will support it this church will support which ever government comes into place.”
One a lighter note he is now the third President that hails from the island of Moala in Lau. “From the former President, to the interim President and now to me we all are from Moala. I dony know why God has chosen the people of Moala to lead this moment.”